Calgary animal rescue group calls for help after 90 cats ran off property


An animal rescue group in Calgary is asking for donations to help cover the cost of veterinary care for more than 90 cats who were abandoned after their owners died.

The Canadian Animal Task Force (CATF), a non-profit organization, received a call in mid-November from someone seeking to return dozens of cats.

The caller said he didn’t realize his recently deceased family member cared for so many animals on his rural property in southern Alberta.

RJ Bailot, the CATF’s executive director, said the organization was expecting around 40 or 50 animals – not the 90 that showed up on Friday.

“Every cat is going to require medical attention…which is a huge cost,” he said.

Abandoned cats will be temporarily housed at the CATF office. (Submitted by the Canadian Animal Working Group)

A statement on the CATF website says cats will need to be neutered or neutered, vaccinated and treated for parasites, while some need more care such as dental care.

They will be temporarily housed at the CATF office until they receive care.

“Each of these cats deserves the opportunity to receive the care they need, and we are committed to making that happen,” the statement read.

Surrender comes during a busy year

This latest veterinary bill adds to an already busy year.

Bailot says the CATF, along with other relief agencies, are being overwhelmed with calls from people who are no longer able to care for their pets due to finances, returning to work or the death of their pets. ‘a member of the family.

He predicts that finding the necessary shelter space for abandoned cats could be a problem.

“It’s a concern for us,” Bailot said. “We hope that with fully controlled chats, it will be easier for organizations.”

A separate organization in Calgary is asking for another kind of help. The Calgary Humane Society is looking for 150 new short-term foster families to care for animals over the upcoming holiday season.

Foster families care for animals that are not yet ready for adoption due to age, health or behavior. The shelter is looking for foster families for everything from dogs, cats and rabbits to rodents, birds and reptiles, he said.

“This is a great opportunity for families who may not be ready to adopt but have the time and ability to care for a pet while they are home for the holidays,” said said Sally Johnston, associate director of community services, in a statement released Friday. .

“It’s a win-win situation for us, our animals can spend time in a loving home and it takes the pressure off the shelter and our staff.”

The Calgary Humane Society provides foster parents with supplies and veterinary care for the animal they adopt, she said, and longer-term foster parents are always welcome.